PHOTOS: Bermagui sun shines brightly on Seaside Fair

BERMAGUI was abuzz on Saturday as the sun shone on a “hugely successful” Seaside Fair.

One could almost be forgiven for thinking the torrential thunderstorm of the night before hadn’t happened as Saturday dawned bright and hot.

Bermagui was pelted on Friday night with close to 40mm of rain by some accounts.

There was even a figure of 90-odd millimetres a bit further north towards Tilba floated about.

However, while dark clouds threatened on all horizons, Bermagui had its own patch of sunshine for the entire fair day.

“So much of the success of these events depends on the weather,” Seaside Fair committee member Lori Hammerton – whose own Beauty Point home recorded 66mm - said.

“Somebody must have had a few credits up top!”

Ms Hammerton said while as a free event there was really no way of knowing how many people walked through the gates, “I felt it was the biggest we’d seen and we normally estimate around 10,000 people”.

“Every year is good, but it seems to keep getting bigger.

“The caravan park and motels were all booked out which is a good sign.

“The committee members have been receiving emails from stallholders, entertainers and visitors to the area saying they will definitely come again next year, which is really pleasing to hear.”

A main drawcard of Saturday’s fair was the Umbrellas of Bermagui display and auction.

Ms Hammerton said all 16 of the hand-painted umbrellas sold for between $250-800.

After expenses, all proceeds from the auction will be put towards the Bermagui Skate Park, organisers of which just announced they are ready to start construction.

To start the carnival atmosphere of the Seaside Fair, crowds lined both sides of the main street to watch the ever-popular parade.

“The parade was absolutely such fun,” Ms Hammerton said.

“People were telling me they thought it was the best one ever, people really got into the theme of Out of This World.

“The CWA ladies, even a couple of bikers dressed up.”

The University (or Universe) of the Third Age walked away with the parade’s best on foot award, and the Bermagui Surf Shop scored best on wheels for its foil-encrusted space-age Mini.

“There must’ve been a great surge on alfoil sales last week,” Ms Hammerton joked.

Meanwhile, Little Lambs Preschool was awarded best overall float.

On Sunday, the Seaside Fair continued with a seniors concert packing out the Country Club auditorium.

The Bermagui CWA ladies were again a hit, dressing as nuns for a Sister Act-style performance.

“Overall, the committee was incredibly thrilled with the weekend,” she said.

“The art and craft display had huge crowds, Questacon had huge crowds – everything we put on worked.”

Beatle Collins and Chris McKay from A Little Bird Told Me vintage collectibles drive off in their distinctive decorated vehicle.

Beatle Collins and Chris McKay from A Little Bird Told Me vintage collectibles drive off in their distinctive decorated vehicle.

Angelene and Darling Crome enjoy the Seaside Fair.

Angelene and Darling Crome enjoy the Seaside Fair.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw demonstration.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw demonstration.

Amanda Thompson from Symphony Farm and River Cottage Australia TV host Paul West are filmed in action at their food stall.

Amanda Thompson from Symphony Farm and River Cottage Australia TV host Paul West are filmed in action at their food stall.

Amanda Thompson from Symphony Farm and River Cottage Australia TV host Paul West are filmed in action at their food stall.

Amanda Thompson from Symphony Farm and River Cottage Australia TV host Paul West are filmed in action at their food stall.

Checking out the showbags are Kylie and Niketa Spires of Cobargo.

Checking out the showbags are Kylie and Niketa Spires of Cobargo.

Lucia Battye, Lucy Whalan and Sophie Whalan enjoy sideshow alley at the Seaside Fair.

Lucia Battye, Lucy Whalan and Sophie Whalan enjoy sideshow alley at the Seaside Fair.

Bermagui Seaside Fair's sideshow alley.

Bermagui Seaside Fair's sideshow alley.

Charlie, Jade and Lilli Dryden of Lochiel.

Charlie, Jade and Lilli Dryden of Lochiel.

Sue-Ellen Strain, Vanessa Strain and Jordan Hope.

Sue-Ellen Strain, Vanessa Strain and Jordan Hope.

At the Montreal Goldfield booth are (from left) Judi Hearn, Leone Creamer and Bill Shaw.

At the Montreal Goldfield booth are (from left) Judi Hearn, Leone Creamer and Bill Shaw.

Tania Huston, Ken Anderson and a couple of friendly critters.

Tania Huston, Ken Anderson and a couple of friendly critters.

Enjoying lunch in the sunshine are Jye, Kaycee and Anne Slabbekoorn with Nate and Narelle Hockey of Tuross.

Enjoying lunch in the sunshine are Jye, Kaycee and Anne Slabbekoorn with Nate and Narelle Hockey of Tuross.

Francesca Winterson of Verona and Marianne Hunter of Bermagui

Francesca Winterson of Verona and Marianne Hunter of Bermagui

Linda Badewitz-Dodd tries out the offerings from Paul West's food stall.

Linda Badewitz-Dodd tries out the offerings from Paul West's food stall.

Checking out the Umbrellas of Bermagui are Anne Graham, Lili Armstrong, Sally Benedyka and Phoebe Armstrong.

Checking out the Umbrellas of Bermagui are Anne Graham, Lili Armstrong, Sally Benedyka and Phoebe Armstrong.

Andrew Whittaker and Victoria Nelson of Bermagui are quite taken with a historic Jaguar on display on Dickinson Oval.

Andrew Whittaker and Victoria Nelson of Bermagui are quite taken with a historic Jaguar on display on Dickinson Oval.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui.

Classic car display at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.

Classic car display at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.

Classic car display at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.

Classic car display at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.

Beatle Collins and Chris McKay from A Little Bird Told Me vintage collectibles drive off in their distinctive decorated vehicle.

Beatle Collins and Chris McKay from A Little Bird Told Me vintage collectibles drive off in their distinctive decorated vehicle.

Beatle Collins and Chris McKay from A Little Bird Told Me vintage collectibles drive off in their distinctive decorated vehicle.

Beatle Collins and Chris McKay from A Little Bird Told Me vintage collectibles drive off in their distinctive decorated vehicle.

Jaydin and Adrian Wardell have a look for their dream car.

Jaydin and Adrian Wardell have a look for their dream car.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui are auctioned off to raise money for the Skate Park.

The Umbrellas of Bermagui are auctioned off to raise money for the Skate Park.

Rushing to complete their entries for the sandcastle competition before the tide comes in are Sakari Kontiainen and Elijah Buchli.

Rushing to complete their entries for the sandcastle competition before the tide comes in are Sakari Kontiainen and Elijah Buchli.

Alice Hutley with her sandcastle tiger.

Alice Hutley with her sandcastle tiger.

Judging the Seaside Fair sandcastle competition are (from left) Stella Cowen, Amy Edlin, Jess Dale and Rob Tacheci.

Judging the Seaside Fair sandcastle competition are (from left) Stella Cowen, Amy Edlin, Jess Dale and Rob Tacheci.

Bermagui Seaside Fair sandcastle competition.

Bermagui Seaside Fair sandcastle competition.

Curly Chips were the snack of the day for Elise Dixon and Chelsea Ker of Narooma.

Curly Chips were the snack of the day for Elise Dixon and Chelsea Ker of Narooma.

Gary Carson-Jones and Ricky Bloomfield play tunes from their Johnny Cash tribute show.

Gary Carson-Jones and Ricky Bloomfield play tunes from their Johnny Cash tribute show.

Gary Carson-Jones and Ricky Bloomfield play tunes from their Johnny Cash tribute show.

Gary Carson-Jones and Ricky Bloomfield play tunes from their Johnny Cash tribute show.

Ricky Bloomfield on stage at the Seaside Fair.

Ricky Bloomfield on stage at the Seaside Fair.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw and woodchopping demonstrations.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw and woodchopping demonstrations.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw and woodchopping demonstrations.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw and woodchopping demonstrations.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw and woodchopping demonstrations.

A large crowd enjoys the chainsaw and woodchopping demonstrations.

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